The first fully Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996 contained few surprises – unless you count the fact that Labour MP Dennis Skinner, who by tradition fires off a quip at Her Majesty’s representative Black Rod when he arrives to summon the Commons, was uncharacteristically silent.
David Cameron is watching the Labour leadership contenders fight it out while seeking to enjoy his overall majority for as long as he possibly can – but it won’t be easy. Despite his unexpected outright win at the election, the Prime Minister only has a majority of 12. The honeymoon period will soon be over; the news that the plan to replace the Human Rights Act is running into trouble is proof of that. The political uncertainty of the last few years may be replaced by simply not knowing whether the Government will win key votes week to week, while Mr Cameron tries to keep his MPs’ focus on the European referendum.
To guide you through the implications of the Queen’s Speech, Edelman has created a short briefing which can be found here.